Originally Posted by Thomas
If I had to guess, probably vanilla or one of its cousins (coumarin, tonka or perhaps isolates). I know Jicky is built around the lavender + vanilla accord, and vanilla is a common base for most scents - so that's where I'd start.
I suspect that what you might be picking up in the Coromandel and the Violet Blonde is benzoin. The benzoin is quite prominent in Coromandel and much more in the background in VB. The smell of benzoin is in the ballpark of vanilla--which I think is what you're picking up in Jicky--but it's a little grainier, if that makes sense.
EDIT: By "you" I obviously do not mean Thomas, even though it looks that way from the quote I chose! I mean Synthese.@ JohnnyLaw:
I'd highly recommend trying De Bachmakov. I've never smelled anything quite like it. It gives the impression of coldness and a kind of distant formality. It's what you could call a woodsy forest scent, but not the kind of damp, lush green forest that's typically evoked by that kind of scents.
I'd also recommend that you try Coeur de Vetiver Sacre by L'Artisan. As the name suggests, vetiver is prominent. But it's also cool and green. In addition, it features some dark fruity notes, most notably date. As with De Bachmakov, it is quite an unusual scent.
I should add, though, that both De Bachmakov and Coeur de Vetiver Sacre do sit pretty close to the skin.Edited by L'Incandescent - 11/10/12 at 7:42am